Monday, 11 July 2011

Changing Lives - 2 Personal Stories

In an earlier post, we reported on the work which CamKids and One-2-One are doing, to relieve pain and increase the quality of life for poor children in Cambodia, through our medical and dental programmes.

We thought that you might like to read some personal stories to illustrate the real effects which this work has on the lives of the children.

Both children were brought to the IU Dental Clinic from the Bong Poun NGO, whose aim is to help poor street children, especially those who make a living collecting garbage, to go back to school. The NGO mainly works at the Steung Meanchey dump site, Boeung Tompon slum and several other poor areas of the city.

Name: Sreynet – aged 13 years

My name is Sreynet. I’m studying in grade 5. I have 3 siblings, and I am the youngest in my family. Both of my parents passed away. My oldest sister is a hairdresser. My brother is a laborer, and my other sister still studies with me. I want to be a teacher. Now I’m living with my neighbors. I help them to prepare the meals to eat. I could not go to school before, because I had to work. Today I came to the IU dental clinic – this is the first time I have been to a dentist.

I had my teeth cleaned, a filling, and one tooth extracted. The student was very good, kind and gentle. He helped me to be not afraid. Now I am so happy because my teeth wont be painful any more. I would like to say thank you so much to CamKids and IU for helping me.

Name: Oum Savary – aged 16 years

Ashamed of his appearance, he would not smile and did not like to talk, in case anyone could see his teeth. He had been like this for several years and was so amazed that such a miracle could happen to him. He could not stop smiling and showing every one his new teeth. He says this is the best thing that could have happened to him. He wanted to thank CamKids and IU for making this possible.

If you are are interested in finding out how you can help children like Sreynet and Oum Savary, please email us or make an one-off online donation here or a regular donation here.

1 comment:

Monika said...

Great helping to poor children through medical and dental programs.Much appreciated!